In an interview with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Press Room, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he would work with IDC leader Jeff Klein on appointments for things like the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE.

The law stipulates that the temporary president of the Senate gets to make appointments to the ethics board. With Skelos and Klein rotating the post of Senate president, such appointments could get a bit dicey.

But based on the ethics law, Skelos may still get to make all three appointments when his appointed commissioners Joseph Covello, Mary Lou Rath and George Weissman decide to step down.

Republicans built in a protection for themselves in the ethics reform law of 2011, giving them three appointments even if they fall into the minority (or, in this case, form a coalition).

From the measure:

In the event that a vacancy arises with respect to a member of the commission first appointed pursuant to the chapter of the laws of two thousand eleven which amended this subdivision by a legislative leader, the legislative leaders of the same political party in the same house shall appoint a member to fill such vacancy irrespective of whether that legislative leader’s political party is in the majority or minority.